Third Voyage Double IPA | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Third Voyage Double IPAThird Voyage Double IPA

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of cbutova
3.49/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark red ale poured into a pint glass. Massive off-white head forms and has great retention, nice creamy texture. Tons of lace down the glass. These new bombers are bringing the appearance.

S- Really not picking up much in the way of hops. I get a deep caramel malt and an apple-like fruit sweetness in the nose. Slight alcohol hint.

T- More in the way of hops but not the typical ones in IIPAs of today. The big caramel and apple-fruit sweetness is still there as well as some yeast bread and spice. Hops are fairly big but they are Euro style grassy, spicy and herbal/floral.

MF- Creamy moderately thick body with nice carbonation. Finishes sweet and bitter.

Not your typical IIPA but not bad either. I'm not a huge fan of the hop profile but I see what they're aiming at.

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Photo of jneiswender
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this beer at the release party for the series. Poured from bottle into a sample glass.

Dark brown body. Great citrus smell. Its like a double boston lager in alot of ways. This is a great beer. If you are a fan of Boston lager then you will be a fan of this. Great offering. I think its what beer geeks in New England was looking for. I would have this again.

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Photo of Cannoneer
4.18/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a straightforward beer - you know what to expect out of a double IPA: yeah, it's going to be hoppy, the only question is - is is overdone or underdone?

It's difficult to balance a hoppy beer to suit every palate. Third Voyage, however, in my opinion, does the balancing act very well.

It pours a very attractive dark tea and cherry juice color with medium head. Very appetizing smell - the usual pine bark with tropical fruit aroma is there, but it's not overly aggressive - rather, it is warm and inviting. Bready notes can also be discerned.

First sip reveals more of the coniferous flavor well balanced with fruitcake undertones and fresh grass freshness. It drinks well, with alcohol nicely hidden and hops supremely balanced.

Overall - a great example of a balancing act for a double IPA. It ably displays a touch of a seasoned master, rather than exuberance of a young prodigy.

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Photo of Brad007
3.87/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Samuel Adams doing a Double IPA? What the eff?

Pours a more of a red color with a thick, frothy head into my glass. Is it a red ale? A DIPA?

Hops are on the grassy/minty side here with nary a hint of the malt underneath. Spicy? I think so.

Like a bigger brother to their Latitude 48 IPA. I see many similarities (sweet, bready malt with grassy hops) and a bump in alcohol.

It's not abrasive on the tongue and there's a good amount of grassiness that lingers on the palate.

Not bad. A good start but it won't win any awards in my book. I just like that SA is trying something different.

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Photo of warnerry
3.91/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a beautiful clear orange brown with two fingers of pillowy tan head. head has great retention and leaves nice lacing.

S - Aroma is nice, if a little underwhelming. Subtle aromas of citrus, a bit of pine and caramel malt.

T - Nice balance of caramel malt and pine hops. Sometimes a DIPA with a significant malt presence is a let down for me, but this actually works pretty well. Enough bitter hops to satisfy, but not a hop bomb. Maybe the fact that it is winter makes a more malty DIPA more appealing. Anyway, a good flavor profile with a nice lingering bitterness.

M - Medium mouthfeel that is a bit syrupy initially, but finishes oily, then dry and bitter.

O - I thought this was a pretty enjoyable DIPA, especially considering the $5.99 price point. The DIPA field is pretty crowded, so I'm not sure if I would be compelled to buy this again, but I would be happy to drink it again.

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Photo of OleJohnnieAle
3.91/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep orange with 3 fingers of head. Lingers around for a long time and forms into some great lacing.

S: Nothing too overpowering nice balance of citrus, malts and floral notes.

T: Starts with some piney and slightly spicy malt and follwed up with some carmel and honey sweeter notes. Finishes of with some bitterness but not the normal IPA or Double. Rather mild bitter but does linger well.

M: Medium bodied, relatively low carbonation, Very creamy on top and a little syrupy.

O: For a 6 buck mainstream bomber I was supruised. Nothing too overpowering or bold but a sold beer. I would not expect Sam Adams to go too wild so right in line with the style.

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Photo of rajendra82
4.42/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The color of the beer was deep orange, and the body was clear. There was a lot of foam giving a three to four finger thick head that lived for a long time. The aroma very hoptastic, with a pine resin and floral assault on the nose. The taste was actually quite well balanced between grapefruit rind bitterness, and rock candy sweetness. Mouthfeel was creamy, and the finish was chalky and dry. The aftertaste was quite prolonged and alternated between bitter and sweet. A simple well built Double IPA, just as expected from the fine folks at Sam Adams.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed a bottle at D's in Monroeville for $7.50. Pricey but hope it's worth it.

A - What a nice amber with a slight dark hue, clear in color. A hefty full inch of creamy thick head. Lacing is very sticky.

S - Smells of a nice piney base of hops with a gram cracker like crust of a sweet base. Hope it's good.

T - Not bad for Samuel Adams. A very solid bitter pine which clings to the palate for a time and a smooth nutty cracker like base. Not bad since I expected more malt.

M - Medium bodied and the ABV is well masked.

Overall - If you can find it cheaper than 7.00 I would go for it since it's a very good DIPA.

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Photo of TechTriumph
4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes on 11/06/11:
No freshness date; Poured in a snifter.

A - Nice, deep amber color with a red-ish hue; Slightly hazy; Two inch off-white billowy, fluffy head; Very nice sticky lacing all around the glass; Good head retention as well

S - Nice, inviting aroma; Dominated by sweet caramel, earthy, and roasty notes; Piney and fresh-cut grass hops in the background

T - Roasted and earthy taste up front with a touch of sweetness; Very mild bitterness afterwards; Piney hops in the background that serve more as a sidekick than the main attraction; Finish is moderately dry

M - Medium bodied; Some carbonation; Creamy mouthfeel; Leaves the mouth fairly dry

O - I typically love really hop forward IPA's and DIPA's, and while this beer doesn't really fit that mold, it's really quite nice. The usage of Cascade hops from the UK, Pacific NW, and New Zealand make this a truly unique brew. Overall, this is a nice limited offering from Sam Adams. I am looking forward to some of the other beers in this small batch series.

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Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
3.56/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours deep amber into my snifter with a big three fingers of off white foamy head that has great retention and lots of sticky lacing.

S - Citrus hops, grapefruit, sweet caramel malts, grain and biscuit, and grassy hops. More hop aroma is expected from a DIPA in my opinion.

T - Lots of sweet malts, grapefruit rind citrus and bitterness that lasts and lingers of the palate, faint caramel, biscuit and mild spices.

M - Although creamy and smooth, it's also sticky and oily, and for some reason the carbonation doesn't last very long.

O - Not a bad beer, not a great beer, good for the price but somewhat unbalanced and lacking the aromatic aspect as well as some flavor that is expected from a DIPA.

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Photo of wvsabbath
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type - 22oz bottle

Appearance - Golden tan/burnt orange, 1 inch creamy head, lots of lacing.

Smell - Piney hops, some malts, a little earthy/bready. Pineapple, orange, grapefruit.

Taste - Bitter piney hopy bite straight up front. Plenty of alcohol along with malts and some honey. Pretty basic dipa, hops,added resin and hop oils.

Mouthfeel - Hops coat, bitter and warm tounge. Alcohol warms and tingles mouth. Malts lighty mellow things out. Palette gets bitter piney hops, booze, and some sugars. Aftetaste is bitter and a little warm.

Overall - Not bad, a little to much alcohol up front. Nothing special here, standard dipa. Good price, easy enough to drink and enough hops to enjoy.

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Photo of tlazaroff
4.53/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Beautiful looking beer. A deep amber, perfectly clear, with a generous fluffy head that sticks to the glass at every opportunity.

S: I was shocked by how nice the aroma is on this beer! I wasn't expecting much, being Samuel Adams who seems to be hit or miss with me. This one is defiantly a hit, right on the nose! This is citrusy, piney, and earthly all in the same volley. The hops take presence over this backdrop of sweet caramel and toasted bread.

T: Bitterness is firm, but doesn't mask all the other flavor marks. The prominent hop flavor comes across as a kind of deep pine and light floral taste, which dominates the mid-palate. The finish is a deep toasted bread with dribbles of caramel syrup over it taste. Quite excellent I may say.

M: It is somewhat sweet in the finish, but has a nice strong level of carbonation and a big enough body to carry those flavors around your mouth.

D: This drinks right down the middle, I find myself not wanting to drink it so fast, so I can enjoy it before the bottle and glass are empty.

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Photo of jtierney89
2.5/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a nice opaque amber color with a thick bright white head. Colors really nice actually. Smell is big on hops. Lots of citric and piney hops with touches of grapefruit and coriander. Smell is on the really sweet side. Head retains pretty well.

Pretty standard DIPA flavors with a touch of honey and an unfortunate some-what soapy after taste. Lacing is pretty stellar though.

Pretty standard for the style, nothing extraordinary. That soapy taste is kind of a burden though

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Photo of MattyG85
4.5/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Batch 1

Appearance: Pours a lively and clear amber orange with lots of rising bubbles. Big five finger white head with very good retention. Lots of sticky lacing around the glass.

Smell: Big aroma of citrus and piney hops. Citrus grapefruit and orange. A pretty strong aroma of pine resin. There is a pretty strong malty presence in the aroma. Bready caramel adds some sweetness to the hop bitterness. Also some good hints of honey. Smells both bold and balanced.

Taste: Like the smell leads. A big taste of fresh citrus and pine hops with a very solid malt backbone. Starts with the citrus grapefruit and orange. Big taste of danky pine resin throughout. Towards the finish emerges a big presence of sweet and bready caramel malts. Also some honey in the finish. Pretty good.

Mouthfeel: Fairly full bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Chewy, creamy, and danky with a fairly dry finish.

Overall: A very good DIPA from Sam Adams. Bold hops and a very solid malt background. Not quite on the same level of Hopslam and Abrasive but a very good take on the style.

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Photo of Thads324
2.88/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A : pours a medium amber color, hues of golden red. A thick and pillow-like off white head dissipates much quicker than you'd assume by the thickness. Leaves spider web lacing all around
S : lots of earthy hops. A bit of sweet citrus and some generic malt base. A bit of burnt smelling sugar and some toffee, but mostly that earthy, dirty hop smell.
T : starts very very sweet. caramel and biscuit flavors abound. A butterscotch taste as well. A bit of bitterness starts in the middle and only gets more hoppy. The hops are again earthy, piney, and a bit of a wet hop citrus hop taste.
M : full bodied and creamy on the tongue. very little carbonation feeling in the mouth.

I was super excited about this one, but feel it missed its mark. No balance in the flavor and way too much malt that is overly sweet. The hops seem to be all back end and while very prominent, they aren't the feature. A lack of balance really hurts this one. my least favorite of these new bomber releases thus far with only the barleywine to go. I'll not be buying another one, and stick to the tasman red

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Photo of titosupertramp
3.96/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark honey in color with large off-white head. Lots of spotty lacing and a frothy film...tons of larges bubbles.

S: Pine resin and bitter citrus, grapefruit hops. They're balanced out by sweet, caramel malts.

T: Pine resin is present throughout the taste. Orange, grapefruit citrus hops with caramel, bready malts. Also has an almost bubblegum like flavor...not sure what to attribute that to. Pretty tasty beer.

M: Full and creamy...almost a 5.0.

O: I've never been a big fan of any IPA from Sam Adams before, but this is good. I may not buy this again, but it's left me with a favorable opinion. Would recommend to other IPA fans.

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Photo of harrymel
2.47/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Batch No.1 (Oct, 2011?)

A: Amber with a finger of yellow foam which falls slowly to a sheet of the same. Near web lace and excellent clarity.
S: Citrus, grapefruit, hints of resin, some bubble gum tones are all bolstered by a caramel malt backbone.
T: Flavor is all malt. Tastes like a bittered SA Boston Lager. Fail.
M: Thin on moderate body for the style with medium carb and a semi dry finish.
O: Well, looks and smells nice, but the flavor lets this beer down too far to be respectable. Too bad. I actually bet this beer would age well.

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Photo of CHickman
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch No. 1: popped the cap and smelt citrus hops, which was a great start for a DIPA; pours a clear red amber color with a massive foamy 2 finger off white head that was full of bubbles and faded very slowly, leaving excellent sticky lacing and rings as it went down. The head must have lasted a few minutes and was very impressive.

Smells of grapefruit and citrus hops up front, followed by sweet malt, grains, toffee, orange peel, herbs, floral hops and biscuit; pretty mellow nose for a DIPA and perhaps it was brewed true to form when Capt. James Cook sailed the sea, so I’ll let it slide since it was enjoyable enough.

Tastes of sweet malt, herbs, roasted grains, citrus hops, grapefruit, floral hops, caramel, flowers, biscuit, wheat bread, grass and light spices; this is sweet and maltier than I expected, more like an English IPA than a DIPA. With that being said, it went down really smooth and was well balanced. The hops up front in all facets of this beer seem to mellow out, but it’s still pretty tasty.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth with a light/medium body that’s got very light and almost no carbonation, and a sweet malty aftertaste that's on the dry side and seems like caramel comes through.

Not a hop bomb or West Coast DIPA that will shock your palate, this is smooth and subtle like a retro IPA throw-back that almost seems like a history lesson in brewing. This beer scores extra points for being cheap by NY standards, and overall this was enjoyable and would make a good session beer. Not sure it’s a DIPA, but it’s a good beer.

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Photo of maximum12
3.47/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up out of morbid curiosity & hell, to do my tiny little part to encourage Boston to keep up with the branching out into wilder brews. Plus, sadly, one doesn't see too many $5 bombers in the Minnesota area. Batch 1. Nifty 22 oz. bomber split into two old tulips.

Pour a nice clay-like reddish, a clear, filtered clay. Strong grapefruit as the bottle pops open, with highlights of citrus & sweet malt. Pretty doggone nice.

Third Voyage's nose outperforms the tastiness. Too heavy on the malt for my tastes, the sweet malt is upfront & jiggling for the crowd before the hops have a chance to take off their shawls. Plenty of caramel candy. Hops are in the back seat, earthy, bitter, but with minimal flavor. This is a burly beer, too heavy, without the hops to lighten it up.

Disappointed after the nice nose. This is a pretty good beer with promise. The malt base is a smile & nod, but it needs a serious does of hops to bring it up to spec. So close.

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Photo of BigPlay1824
3.81/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a pint glass

A: pours a medium amber color that is perfectly clear with a small amount of carbonation bubbles present, pours with a beautiful two finger head that is frothy and is medium tan in color and lingers beautifully, leaves a nice amount of lacing around the glass
S: hops, earthy notes, a bit of deeper malt character
T: cascade hops and citrus notes in the forward, middle consists of earthy notes, ends with a dry hop taste that ive come to associate with simcoe hops
M: gentle carbonation in the front, pretty smooth on the palate, leaves the mouth feeling bitter and extremely dry which im not particularly a fan of
O: a pretty good brew, i wasnt expecting much from sam adams on this one just because i really dont like latitude 48 very much and was expecting this to be just a more extreme version, had a good taste and depth to it, nice combination of the citrus qualities of certain hops and the dry qualities of other, overall it was nice

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Photo of Humulus85
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Darkness snifer.

A big two-finger, cream head slowly settles leaving some very clumpy lacing. It's a deep but very clear, reddish gold, almost copper color. Nice looking brew.

Smell is piney and slightly fruity hops upfront, with a surprising amount of sweet malt behind it.

Exceedingly well balanced. Piney, slightly spicy hops upfront, and maybe a touch of dark fruits. Great clean, yet assertive, bready malt backing. Moderately bitter throughout.

Smooth and easy to drink. Medium bodied with a moderate, but appropriate level of carbonation. Coats the mouth well, with a dry finish.

Overall this is a good beer. I have to admit I was a bit skeptical with this obvious reach into the modern craft scene, but I can't forget Sam was one of the first to introduce me to real beer. I like how this one doesn't try to be a hop monster, but I do think the hop profile could be better. Cheers!

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Photo of WanderingFool
3.91/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Third Voyage pours a clear amber color with a frothy head on top. As the foam slowly dissolves it leaves behind clumps and lines of lace on the glass.

The aroma is faint with notes of caramel, bread, pine and fruit (raisin?). It almost reminds me of rye bread.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is smooth, creamy with a firm carbonated fizz. The flavor is sweet with some spicy notes. It begins with caramel, bread and a touch of ripe fruit like strawberry. Spicy flavors of pine and pepper balance out the sweetness. It finishes dry with a lingering flavor of caramel and pine.

This is an easy drinking DIPA with a nicely balanced flavor. It would be great with a hearty meal like a stew or pasta.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
3.82/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful pour into a Stone IPA glass. Large, 3F cream colored head over a rich amber colored body, with tons of sticky lacing.

Aromas were light and somewhat one dimentional. Mostly pine needles, but a very faint sourdough bread in there as well.

Smooth and creamy across the palate, with solid DIPA qualities in the flavor. Mostly NW hops, but a good balancing caramel-like sweetness in the back end. Not astringent. Just well done. Little bit of soapyness in the finish. Fairly rich and sticky mouthfeel, with just the slightest carbonation level.

Very well done by BBC/SA. Enjoyable, and affordable. I did not recognize it on the shelf, but that may be a good thing for SA to break away from the typical label.

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Photo of jondeelee
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Third Voyage opens with a hop-forward aroma, full of pine, grapefruit, and lemon notes. However, the malts are not far behind in strength, and the beer is almost as full of baking wheat bread, yeast, and brown sugars. These latter smells are of such strength that they almost divert the attention from the hops, bringing into question the "Double IPA" status of the beer. This is not to say that the aromas are unbalanced or unappealing, as the brew does smell quite delicious--but the malts do almost upstage the hops.

On the tongue, the beer does start off with a huge hop blast, full of grapefruit, pine, lemon, and eucalyptus notes, and is immediately representative of the Double IPA category, since the hop flavors do take center stage on the tongue. The hops are quite bitter (listed on the menu of one Boston-area restaurant at 85 IBUs, though I have no confirmation of this from Sam Adams), and burn on the tongue and soft palate. Malty flavors also abound, bringing in yeasty wheat breads, toast crusts, brown sugars, and a healthy dose of orange and apricot fruit esters, the orange almost bordering on liqueur-strength. These alcoholic and sugary malts provide a nice counter to the bitter hops. They are, however, slightly alcoholic, and the beer has a vodka-like tinge about it due to the 8% ABV. The aftertaste is mainly pine and grapefruit zest from the hops, with a little toast crust, and lingers for some time. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium to medium-high.

Overall, this is good fare, and brings a wide-ranging and flavorful assortment of tastes to the table. The flavors tend mainly towards the bitter and liqueur-like, but some sugars do help offset this. The hop bite may be just a bit too strong, slightly out of balance with the hop flavors presented, but will surely appeal to hopheads.

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Photo of Cresant
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served this 22 oz. in a Sam Adams glass. Batch 1. The body was clear and bright copper in color. There was a big cream colored head that left distinct rungs of lace.

The smell was spicy and fruity. Mild alcohol presence and soap. Bready malts.

The taste was spicy first and caramel sweetness second. Somewhat earthy. Grassy and floral. Nearly balanced with a semi dry bittering aftertaste.

The mouthfeel was creamy and full. Plenty of carbonation. Pretty solid but I prefer an out of balance hoppy/scorching DIPA.

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Third Voyage Double IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.66 out of 5 based on 1,010 ratings.
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